David Frei on Therapy and Service Dogs
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by stevedale
1M ago
You might even recognize this guy’s voice, it’s David Frei, the legendary voice of dog shows, including the National Dog Show presented by Purina. We talk on the national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show, about service dogs and also therapy dogs, and have used the Ron and Vicki Santo Diabetic Alert Foundation as one example. Frei offers examples of what a visit with a dog can do to an individual in hospital and how sometimes dogs can even work with professional therapists. Once anecdotal, today, we know how well this works! The post David Frei on Therapy and Service Dogs appeared first on St ..read more
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What An Organization! Ron and Vicki Santo Diabetic Alert Dog Foundation
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by stevedale
7M ago
Gracie Wilkerson isn’t just another certified dog trainer; she’s the head dog trainer and the non-profit Ron and Vicki Santo Diabetic Alert Dog Foundation. And wow! The work she does to help others is in some cases, literally life-saving, as she explains on the national Steve Dale’s Pet World show. Parents do sleep way better knowing there is a dog  sleeping right beside their child. Wilkerson explains he way which the dogs are trained, and it’s fascinating. Training a dog will cost $15,00 to $20,000 and that is why your contribution – of any amount – can make a BIG difference. The post ..read more
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Ron and Vicki Santo Diabetic Alert Dog Foundation
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by stevedale
1y ago
Vicki Santo of the Ron and Vicki Santo Diabetic Alert Dog Foundation says HERE on WGN Radio Steve Dale’s Pet World  what this non-profit is all about. Ron would, of course, be proud that this non-profit providing diabetic alert dogs to mostly children has changed so many lives, and even saved some lives. Vicki explains how and why the organization began and how an Australian Shepherd named Joker once – who Ron thought he wasn’t bonded to –  saved Ron’s life, and what Steve Dale’s role in this was. It turns out Joker was so very attached to Ron. Here’s the mission of this non-profit ..read more
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Canine Cruise and Training Diabetic Alert Dogs
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by stevedale
1y ago
Holly Agra of the Mercury Skyline Cruiseline talks about the Canine Cruise, HERE on WGN Radio Steve Dale’s Pet World, which began as a result of a conversation 15 years ago with myself on WGN Radio. It’s a novel dog-friendly cruise, kind of an architecture cruise for dogs, showing off the parks with the most squirrels and oldest fire hydrant. So many people live nearby where Mercury Skyline is (Michigan Avenue at Wacker Drive, Southwest corner), and also more people travel with dogs than ever before. Of course, people travel into the city or from neighborhoods around the city for the Cani ..read more
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Supporting Military Working Dogs and Service Dogs for Veterans
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by stevedale
1y ago
The truth is that U.S. Military Working Dogs (MWD) have saved more human lives in all conflicts/wars since World War II compared to human lives saved by humans. Chris Willingham, president of U.S. War Dogs Association explains HERE on Steve Dale’s Pet World, WGN Radio that this amazing non-profit sends care packages to currently working military dogs but there’s a special focus on retired MWD, who ultimately do require veterinary care which they support. Right now, the non-profit is covered about 1,200 dogs in retirement. Willingham, a retired Maine, says his own life was saved by his canine ..read more
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Cook County Proclaims April 30 National Therapy Dog Day
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by stevedale
1y ago
Here’s the content of what I said to Cook County Commissioners, honored to speak to celebrate Pet Partners National Therapy Animal Day, Sunday April 30: Hazel and Robin at work “My name is Steve Dale. I am a certified animal behavior consultant, long time host at WGN Radio; I speak at veterinary meetings worldwide and author books about pets. We have also happened to have therapy dogs in our home over the years. I was a Pet Partners Science Advisory Board Member for several years. Pet Partners is a non-profit that certifies therapy animals and sets the bar for all others. Over the years, we ..read more
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8 Dog Jobs Providing Labors of Love
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by stevedale
1y ago
Let’s celebrate a canine Labor Day – you won’t believe some of the unusual jobs dogs can do or are being trained to do: Darlene Arden 1.Before her death, journalist and pet book author Darlene Arden set up the Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Darlene Arden Veterinary Outreach Program to support funds to teach dogs to sniff for ovarian cancer. Contributions continue to further transformational research as dogs are now being successfully trained at Penn Vet Working Dog Center to sniff for this cancer, and in the early stages of the disease! This is huge, and ..read more
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The National Link Coalition and Animal Cruelty; Service Dogs for Veterans on WGN Radio
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by stevedale
1y ago
Phil Arkow On Steve Dale’s Pet World, I talk HERE on WGN Radio with Phil Arkow is a co-founder of the National Link Coalition. The Link is a term he helped to coin many years ago, to describe the Link between animal abuse and violence to humans, which ranges from domestic violence to child or elder abuse to mass shootings – even terrorists – and more. The psychology and Law enforcement professions greatly know about this Link but public officials are only catching on. This is a bi-partisan red flag which bills like the Animal Cruelty Enforcement Act can do something about.Another piece ..read more
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Remember Military Dogs and Support Service Dogs for Military on Memorial Day
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by stevedale
1y ago
Memorial Day is more than about a day off work and heading to a park for a picnic. It’s about remembering those who have made the ultimate sacrifice serving our country. Currently, according to the American Humane Association, over 2,300 dogs serve our country overseas in various roles, and many more do the same at military bases here. In 2003, Master Sergeant James Kohlrenken, then superintendent of operations for the 341st Training Squadron, Lackland Air Force Base, Lackland, TX told me that also mutual trust and the canine instinct define good working dogs. He said, “These dogs have a ..read more
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Steve Dale Petcast Episode #1: Human Animal Bond
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by stevedale
1y ago
Dr. Magie O’Haire Listen HERE to my debut Steve Dale Petcast. I am incredibly grateful to Merrick Pet Care and WGN Radio for the opportunity to talk renown experts to make a difference in our pets’ daily lives, and to help us to better understand them so they can better understand us. So, it’s fitting that my first effort is a wide-ranging conversation with Dr. Maggie O’Haire, associate professor Human Animal Interaction Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. There is a bond with dogs, of course. But also, even with zoo animals Proof positive of the increasing bond is ..read more
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